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Sopris Carbondale’s

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Volume 2, Number 29 | September 9, 2010

Changing seasons

A sure sign that signals the end of summer throughout the Roaring Fork Valley is the second cutting of hay. Above, Arturo Ortiz bales hay on Paul and Celia Nieslanik’s ranch east of Carbondale on County Road 100. Photo by Jane Bachrach

Carbondale’s ‘hidden gem’ at a weedy crossroad By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun While the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal attracts barrels full of ink in the local press, barely a drop has been spilled on Carbondale’s own hidden gem. Carbondale’s little-known jewel is called Promenade Park and it covers about two acres between the Rio Grande Trail and north side of the recreation center.The park, now in its fifth year, features 75 trees, dozens of shrubs, a plethora of flowering species, ground covers and native grasses, and a community vegetable garden.A handicap-accessible gravel path winds through the park, and there are benches, a picnic pavilion and bike racks.

Promenade Park’s individual gardens, one of which is raised like a gigantic pitcher’s mound with a stand of 4-foot ornamental grass on top, are divided into“traditional,” “xeriscape,” and “moderatexeriscape” sections. Placards on each garden identify the different species growing within and their differing watering needs. “This whole garden (and park) is a teaching tool,”said Tony Coia, Carbondale’s public landscape manager, during a recent tour. The teaching component is in question though; because weeds are overrunning the low-laying native vegetation parts of the park, and using the park for educational purposes was a key factor in the $200,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant

that help to fund the park five years ago. If Carbondale can’t figure out a way to handle Promenade Park’s weeds, the state might ask for its money back. “We’re not sure what will happen if there’s a change in use,” said Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot. Besides the five separate garden areas, placards and a kiosk-style map with a legend at the picnic pavilion also identify the other sections of the park: orchard and edibles (with fruit trees), pinion-juniper community, the storm water management section (where the weed problem is most pronounced) and drought-tolerant turf grass (the PROMENADE page 7

Black-eyed Susans are late bloomers. Photo by Lynn Burton

Satank bridge deal’s done

Planning a gym’s future

Volleyball team rolls

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Carbondale Commentary Letters

The Sopris Sun welcomes your letters, limited to no more than 400 words. Letters exceeding that length may be edited or returned for revisions. Include your name and residence (for publication) and a contact email and phone number. Submit letters via email to or via snail mail to P.O. Box 399, Carbondale, CO 81623.

On behalf of Willy Worley Dear Editor: Words cannot adequately convey our family’s deep gratitude for the time and effort so many people and organizations have expended searching for my husband and JJ’s dad, Willy Worley. Each searcher exhibited individual strength, wilderness knowledge, and professionalism, as well as empathy. We are humbled by the dedication and experienced service of the many rescue volunteers and friends fighting the terrain for our family. While we would have tried, we could never have hiked so many steep arduous trails ourselves. So thanks to Jesse Steindler who coordinated the entire effort and all the Pitkin County sheriff’s department including Bob Braudis and Joe DiSalvio. This intensive and broad search was made possible because of Aspen Mountain Rescue; Garfield County Search and Rescue and their Rescue Dogs of Colorado; the Basalt, Carbondale and Redstone fire departments; Colorado Army National Guard, HAATS personnel and their helicopter, DBS helicopter out of Rifle; Randy Melton and Avalanche Outfitters, and many family friends. Thanks also to our good neighbors in

Redstone and Carbondale for the abundant food that was donated that supplied the needed sustenance to the searchers. I would like to thank each of you personally for the miles you have put on your feet as well as the painful blisters, scratches, gashes, insects bites, sore muscles and pure exhaustion that each of you have experienced for the benefit of another human being. It is your selflessness and kindness that have kept my daughter and me above the fear that threatens our hearts. To know that truly good people inhabit this valley and the earth helps to soothe our sorrow. Annie and JJ Worley and the entire Worley family Carbondale

Please return my bike Dear Editor: To whomever took my bike on Friday night, please return it. It’s a purple Fuji mountain bike with stickers, a back rack, one pannier and a leather saddle. I’ve never owned a car and my bicycle is used for everything. Just put it at the police shop or where you took it or KDNK. Please just return it! Andy Patterson Carbondale

Thanks from Relay for Life Dear Editor: As chair of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee, I would like to thank residents of the Roaring Fork Valley for their generosity and support. Thirty teams participated in this year’s event, raising more than $67,000 for the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and service programs. This outstanding show of support proves that the people of the Roaring Fork Valley are truly committed to the fight against cancer. We were honored to be joined by over 50 survivors and care givers who walked the opening Survivors Lap, officially kicking off this year’s event. These survivors are the reason we continue the fight. Their participation inspires hope in those currently battling cancer. A special thanks to the many volunteers who worked to make this event a success. The Relay for Life committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together. We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s corporate sponsors. Relay for Life would not be possible without them. Our corporate sponsors are Alpine Bank, Aspen Valley Hospital, Shaw Regional Cancer Center, The Pour House, Valley View Hospital, Total Merchandise Services, Joshua & Company, Narcissus Hair, R&A Electric, Righteous Roasters, and KUUR, KSNO and KMTS. The next Relay will be in August, 2011, but the fight against cancer goes on yearround. You can get involved with Relay for Life at any time. Check out Ann Keeney Relay for Life/Roaring Fork Valley Carbondale

tions who are still trying to figure out how to e-mail, let alone flip a page on a Kindle (my mother included). Maybe my mother alienated herself coming to work everyday depressed and tired, because she was up all night with a pit in her stomach thinking about how she was going to make it. I saw her attitude change over the years from someone excited and passionate to one who was uncaring and sometimes rude. These things happen, and she doesn’t escape the blame either, that’s the fun of blame. What you need to know about Lori (my mom) is that whether she yelled at you, helped you find a book, laughed at your joke, or even gossiped with you, you are lucky to have that memory with her. Whether you love or hate her she is a rare breed, about as rare as independent bookstores. She is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet, and what I have found in life so far is that these are the people you strive for; you want to be their friend because you know at the end of your life you will only have two or three still hanging around who care about you. I am lucky to have been raised by someone who wears her heart on her sleeve every day. Sometimes I curse it because I want to put up my walls and just nod my head while people talk, but there is this part of me that burns inside because I can’t stand hiding. The truth is most of us agree and smile and get along for convenience sake, but where are the people you can have a genuine conversation with? Where is that person that can listen to your passions or problems and give you feedback? The person who actually listens when you talk? She is going out of business! You blew it! But I am sure she will be LETTERS page 19

Blame is hard to place

Laura McCormick diverts her attention away from the old town square of Faenza, Italy to check out the Sopris Sun during a trip earlier this summer. 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

Dear Editor: I think a good place to start is who to blame. Watching my mother putting the key in the lock that first day and now placing signs for 50 percent off in the window, I find it hard to pin down where the blame should lie. Being an outsider to most of the events, I only have fragments of memories to go on. I remember the people who refused to support my mother because she had bought the bookstore from Wendy. Those fine patrons who took being dedicated to local business a little bit too far. Change has always been the fear in this town, yet I see those who have adapted quite well to clicking “add to cart” on Amazon. But they are laughable. Perhaps the recession? That seems the most likely bet. When you don’t have money you want to use it wisely, and wisely is buying cheap. Kindles and e-books? Probably, but there lies another gripe I have. I think many have the conception that Kindles and e-books are a representation of my generation. The consensus being that the youth has no understanding or appreciation of local support or respect for small businesses. You are correct. We don’t and it is disgusting. So maybe the onus should be on those who had the values in the first place. I thought for sure the salvation of the Novel Tea was going to be the older genera-

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Crews to rebuild Satank’s bridge to the past By David Frey Sopris Sun Correspondent It cost a few thousand dollars to build the Satank Bridge a century ago. It will cost nearly $1 million to refurbish it. By December, though, this last-of-its-kind relic, considered one of the most important historic bridges in the state, will have a new life. Crews will have to destroy it to save it. They’ll lift it up with giant cranes, take it apart, haul the pieces miles away and reassemble them piece by piece. “It will look exactly the same — minus the pink paint,” said Jeff Nelson, assistant Garfield County engineer, who is overseeing the project. It has taken years for the work to be done. In 2004, the Carbondale Trails Committee raised $120,000 to make bridge repairs, but the work stalled over engineering concerns. The county completed a full engineering study, and the delay forced the county to return an $89,000 grant from History Colorado, then the Colorado Historical Fund. Since then, the price tag has continued to grow. On Tuesday, Garfield County awarded a $540,000 contract to Gould Construction for the project, although officials estimate the entire work could cost $800,000, including a $290,000 grant from History Colorado. Nelson said he hopes to see the work finished by Dec. 31, allowing the bridge to reopen as a pedestrian bridge. “That’s going to be a stunning accomplishment,” said Carbondale Trustee John Hoffmann, who has championed the effort to refurbish the aging bridge. “The community has been so supportive,” Hoffmann said. “They put in so much volunteer time in this thing. It was kind of disappointing when it didn’t move ahead. It’s just really gratifying to see that it is moving ahead now.” Also known as the “pink bridge,” the Satank Bridge is a piece of history. Built in 1905, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003, the group Colorado Preservation Inc. listed it as one of Colorado’s most endangered places. Made with a unique combination of both wood and iron, it is considered the last remaining timber wagon truss bridges in the state, making it one of the state’s most important historic bridges. “Spanning the Roaring Fork River near Carbondale, the Satank Bridge is a singular throwback to Colorado’s earliest

period of wagon bridge construction,” wrote bridge historian Clayton B. Fraser. He declared the bridge “worthy of preservation as one of the last of its kind in the state.” A team of Glenwood Springs designers created a bridge that could be hauled piece by piece by donkey and built on site, using iron and wood with hand-laid stone masonry at a time when many bridges were being built with steel and concrete. “I’m a blacksmith, and the blacksmithing in the bridge is superb,” Hoffmann said. “Something like that can be endearing. It’s a beautiful piece of wood and iron combined.” The bridge is a sort of span of design styles, between old-time wooden bridges and new-fangled steel bridges. It also represents a little old-time animosity between the once-rival towns of Carbondale and Satank. Carbondale had its own bridge, but for seven years, that bridge was out, leaving the Satank Bridge the only nearby crossing. Carbondale may have beat Satank in getting the railroad station, making it an economic center and Satank a forgotten hamlet, but Satank had the bridge. The 102-foot bridge remained in use until about 1985. Historic preservationists once overlooked protecting bridges, but not anymore. A 1984 study of Colorado bridges found 64 eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A 2000 study found 30 bridges that could be preserved in place. “Historic bridges made a significant impact on local and regional development,” wrote Re- The 105-year-old Satank Bridge was hauled to its site by donkey piece becca Herbst, a former staff historian for the by piece then assembled in place. Crews will soon be dismantling the then-Colorado Highway Department. “The “pink bridge” so it can be restored in Cattle Creek then returned and structures that survive provide a framework for put back into place by Dec. 31. Photo by Lynn Burton understanding the evolution of transportation and the influence of local and national trends the site, then truck the pieces to a county facility at Cattle on bridge design and construction.” Creek, where they’ll complete the rehabilitation work and Just as the builders assembled it piece by piece, crews will put all the pieces together again. now take it apart piece by piece. They’ll lift the bridge from The bridge will be limited to pedestrians, Nelson said, the abutments with two cranes, disassemble the bridge at but it will be loaded to allow emergency vehicles to cross it.

Candidates differ on Thompson Creek protections By David Frey Sopris Sun Correspondent Both Garfield County Commissioner Trési Houpt and her opponent Tom Jankovsky talk about balancing oil and gas drilling with environmental protections, but the two have very different ideas about what that balance should be. That’s especially clear when it comes to the lands surrounding Thompson Creek, where a group of landowners and others are working to bar gas drilling on public lands there. Houpt, a Democrat, supports the effort to bar gas drilling. Jankovsky, a Republican, opposes it. The CEO of Sunlight Mountain Resort, which sits above the Thompson Creek area, Jankovsky said he was approached by the Thompson Divide Coalition, which is rallying support behind the effort, to join forces, but he declined. His stance as a commissioner candidate is no different, he said. “I believe those mineral rights should be there and should be used by the oil and gas industry,” Jankovsky said at a candidate’s forum in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday night. He described the effort as a “not in my backyard issue” that threatens jobs, Garfield County taxes and energy for the nation. “I hike up there all the time,” he said. “In fact, my son’s ashes were dropped in North Thompson Creek. But when I hike that area, I realize there were roads, there were coalmines and that land has been reclaimed. Asked about wilderness designation in the area,

Jankovsky said he opposed the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal, saying the proposal would cost jobs and would put too much federal land in wilderness. He called wilderness legislation an “autocratic” effort between outside environmental groups and Washington legislators. “It almost becomes exclusive when your lands are no longer being used for multiple use,” Jankovsky said.“People can’t go into those lands unless you hike into them.” An eight-year incumbent, Houpt offered no opinion on Hidden Gems because she said no wilderness plan has been presented, but she said she did support the Thompson Divide Coalition. “It’s comprised of ranchers, business owners, environmentalists, local citizens, landowners. They came together with a message of not wanting to take away property rights from anyone,” Houpt said. Houpt said she supported the effort because it wouldn’t take away companies’ mineral rights without their agreeing to it. Instead, she said, it would create a way for the group to buy the mineral leases or simply retire the mineral rights when the leases expire. “It’s a pretty easy effort to support,” she said. Attitudes about oil and gas drilling are likely to dominate the commissioner’s race. They have played a big role in county elections for years, especially the last commissioner election, when outside groups ran attack ads against Democrats. This year, the recession and high unemployment rate has focused the attention on the gas in-

dustry even more. Houpt, who sits on the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates the industry, is seen by critics as a roadblock to oil and gas development, which they say could bring back needed jobs to Garfield County that disappeared when the energy industry moved on. Jankovsky casts himself as a businessman who will be friendlier with the industry. As the operator of a ski resort, he said, he understands caring for the environment while running a business within a national forest. He blamed the disappearance of oil and gas jobs in the county on new regulations put in place by the Ritter administration. “Garfield County went from No. 1 (in gas drilling) to dead last,” Jankovsky said. “That was jobs, and if you go out to the western end of the county you can see that effect.” Houpt said the disappearance of the gas industry likely was caused more by the fall in commodity prices than by the new regulations. She said Garfield County needs to be careful about energy development destroying the landscapes that draw people to the county, “so they can come to the county and not ski next to a compressor station.” Houpt, who is the lone Democrat on the three-person board, stressed the need for “balance.” Jankovksy said although he is also a Republican, he would bring a fresh perspective as a businessman and one who would “be sensitive to the environment, community and neighborhood issues” while working to build a stronger relationship with the industry.


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The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news departments team to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief on KDNK between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Chip and seal starts Sept. 14 The town of Carbondale starts a chip and seal program on Sept. 14 on several roads but two-way traffic will continue. People who live on dead ends will experience a short period where they will not have access to their property while the chips are being placed on the bituminous surface, according to a town press spokesman. The following streets will be chip and sealed: Cowen Drive (Eighth Street to Highway 133), Surrey Road, Latigo Loop, Buckboard Court, Spring Wagon Court, Hendrick Road and Cooper Place. For more information, call Larry Ballenger at 963-2733.

Work starts soon at Snowmass Drive Roadwork will be starting soon at the intersection of Main Street and County Road 100. A town spokesman says the contractor, Excavation Services of Carbondale, will attempt to maintain two-way traffic at all times but there may be periods of one-way traffic. Snowmass Drive will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Sopris Avenue for construction and contractor staging. The detour for Snowmass Drive will be Second Street to

Sopris Avenue and Snowmass Drive. This project, funded by a federal grant, will take about two months to complete.

Library board meets The Garfield County library board meets at the Parachute branch library Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Agenda items include a 2011 budget discussion, discussion about land purchases in Carbondale and Silt and an executive session to discuss land purchases. The next library board meeting is Oct. 7 at the library district’s administrative office in Rifle.

Main Street Market/Artists Bazaar is over The Downtown Main Street Market and Artists Bazaar will not return next year, according to a recent memo to the Carbondale Board of Trustees from Recreation Director Jeff Jackel. Jackel said that after the first week, many vendors pulled out due to lack of shoppers. The market had been held Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and is not to be confused with the Farmers’ Market, which is held earlier in the day.

Kids go hunting The Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach program is offering 25

hunters between the ages of 11 and 15 the opportunity to participate in a free upland bird hunt at the Basalt State Wildlife Area on Sept. 11. For more information, call 947-2920.

DOW wants your stories The Colorado Division of Wildlife is now giving big-game hunters the opportunity to share their Colorado hunting accomplishments with others. Beginning this year, hunters can submit stories and photos to be posted on a new “Hunter Testimonials” page featured on the DOW website. “We are extremely excited about the debut of this new online hunting forum,” said Tyler Baskfield, DOW communications manager. “This is a great way for people to share their hunting experiences and to showcase the diversity of Colorado’s big-game hunting opportunities.” Hunting stories should be limited to 250 words and be accompanied with high-resolution, digital photos detailing the experience. All submissions will be edited and reviewed to ensure DOW rules and regulations are followed. Publication is not guaranteed and photos and stories become the property of the DOW. For details, go to

The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department. SATURDAY Aug. 28 Officers responded to two noise complaints in the 400 block of Settlement Lane at 12:27 a.m. Upon arrival, several people left the area “in a quick manner.” When officers contacted the daughter of the home’s owner, she admitted that underage people had been present and drinking and that uninvited guests had arrived as well. She dumped the booze, was cooperative and sober. Police said they would contact the girl’s parents. SATURDAY Aug. 28 At 2:12 p.m., a caller reported a dead raccoon in Delaney Nature Park. SATURDAY Aug. 28 At 3 p.m., police received a report of a man throwing his bike into the street on Main Street and acting suspiciously. Police determined that the man was “simply intoxicated” and advised him to calm down. TUESDAY Aug. 31 At 9:05 p.m., police responded to a call from a residence in the 1300 block of Barber Drive. Police arrested a 59-old-man on numerous alleged offenses, including sexual assault, false imprisonment, child abuse and burglary. He was taken to Garfield County jail and placed on an ICE hold.

Community Appreciation Night Sunday, Sept. 12 Fun starts at 1:00 PM BBQ - Corn Bounce Castle Buttons the Clown for the kids! DJ Ginger spinning great tunes Carbondale All Stars w/Bobby Mason

Sponsored by: The Town of Carbondale and the Pour House


Third Street team considers gym as a mixed-use venue By Trina Ortega Sopris Sun Correspondent

The old grade school gym at the new Third Street Center is being used for storage these days. The center’s board of directors is considering other uses for it and is open to suggestions. Photo by Lynn Burton setting in which some patrons would be standing and about 200 if the event is a sitdown, catered event. Around the corner and down the hall, the Round Room — with its new hardwood floor — accommodates up to 225 people. Among the other rentable spaces, the Calaway Room can fit 150 people and the Board Room seats 10-15 people. Those three spaces are available to rent by both Third Street Center tenants and non-tenants.

Even with the center just having opened this June, Ensign said those spaces are getting booked. She anticipates more bookings for the Round Room now that the floor is complete. Ensign said there will be additional meetings in the future regarding the gym, and community members are welcome to contact Ensign or Development Team member Colin Laird with feedback.

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“We’re entertaining and looking at proposals. We want to hear people’s concerns and input of what they’d like to see.”


the renovation of the gym into a mixed-use facility,” Ensign said. Ensign said ideas for the space include Although nothing is set in stone, the Third Street Center Board of Directors and using it for concerts, theatrical performstaff are considering using the center’s gym ances, conferences, seminars and classes. as a mixed-use facility to host conferences, Some of the concerns relate to increased seminars, classes, and musical and perform- traffic and noise and a lack of parking. According to Ensign, it’s also ing arts events. important for the Third Despite running Street team to develop a plan ads and sending out that will “complement not letters to all of the surduplicate” other performrounding neighbors, ance venues in town. She only one nearby added that the staff and dihomeowner showed rectors will continue to adup at a meeting Aug. dress those concerns. 30 to discuss propos“We really don’t have any als for the large gym definite plans at this time. space at the center. A Everything is still on the small number of addidrawing board,” Ensign said. tional community “As we develop more conmembers also atcrete plans we will keep the tended to hear more community informed. We inabout the possibilities. According to the Jody Ensign vite more input.” The gym sits on the south center’s executive diExecutive Director end of the building and has rector, Jody Ensign, Third Street Center been used for storage up to the Third Street team this point. Whether a new will continue to seek input from the community and the center’s tenant leases and operates the space or it physical neighbors regarding use of the stays under management of the Third Street Center, Ensign said the gym needs upgym space. “We’re entertaining and looking at pro- grades, such as sound-proofing, lighting posals. We want to hear people’s concerns and stage improvements. She said the gym space could accommoand input of what they’d like to see. Then we will move forward on progressing with date up to 400 people for a concert-style

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Potato Bits This year’s Potato Day is Oct. 2 and the theme is “Potato Day 101: Back to Basics,� according to spokeswoman Eva Cerise. Parade applications are available at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and town hall. The farmer’s market starts at 8 a.m. in Sopris Park and the parade at 10:30 a.m. Registration for the Bareback Bonanza is 2 p.m. and the action starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 963-3744.

“Better than a White House visit� That’s what one local history buff said at KDNK’s pre-program dinner for Katie Lee at Bruce Berger’s log house in Aspen last Thursday night. Berger’s 1940s house, designed by the late Fritz Benedict, is about three-quarters the width of a double-wide and overlooks Castle Creek at the west end of Main Street. The house is also dead-center in the bull’s-eye if Aspen ever runs the Highway 82 straight-shot into town. Berger wrote about the house in his book “The Complete Half-Aspenite� and it turns out the house is pretty much as Berger described it, right down to the black ceramic panther that prowls under his south facing picture window, the baby grand Steinway that dominates one small room, books shelves stuffed with books and a tiny kitchen. As for Katie Lee, she lived in Aspen in the 1950s after a stint in live-radio dramas and a recording career, then carved out a place guiding river trips down the Colorado from her home

base in Jerome, Ariz. At 90 years old, she seemed spry enough to jump into a boat and start rowing if not for the two broken wrists she suffered in a fall a few years ago. She spent the dinner hour talking to friends and well wishers about the state of the Colorado River (not good) and other topics. As for the guy who prefers a tour of Berger’s home to one of the White House, he said anyone can tour the White House,“but an invite like this doesn’t come along every day.�

Staying open into November Glenn Smith up at Crystal River Jeep Tours in Marble says he’s staying open into November this year. Until this year, those tours were only given in the summer and early fall, so Smith said he’s testing the market to see if there’s a demand. For details, call 963-1991.

Softball results In men’s softball league action from Aug. 31, Edge downed American Tree 20-9, AMEX capitalized on an 18-run effort to defeat Garvik Construction by four runs, and Los Eagles flew past Jaywalker Lodge 25-15. For the season, AMEX leads the pack with a 3-0 record, followed by Los Eagles at 2-0, Edge at 2-1, Garvik Construction at 12, Mid Valley Church at 1-1, American Tree at 0-2 and Jaywalker Lodge at 0-3.

Did you know? This just in from the CRMS fall newslet-

ter in the “Did you know� section: History department chair and girls soccer coach Amanda Leahy spent a year pushing cattle on a 900,000-acre cattle station in western Australia after graduating from Middlebury College. Amanda said she got to sample the local cuisine, which included jerked lizard, kangaroo-tail stew and prairie oysters.

John Campbell hospitalized Jim Breasted reports that former Roaring Fork Valley resident John Campbell (now living in Truckee, Calif.) went for a mountain bike ride on Sept. 2 and was found unconscious on the trail. He was flown to a hospital in Reno where the diagnosis was that he had suffered a stroke. He remains unconscious but in stable condition. Those wanting to wish him well and keep current on his progress can go to

Welcome aboard Question: What do you get when you cross a Latin gardener with an Irish artist? Answer: A J’sprout! That’s the word from Geneviève JoÍlle Villamizar and Peter Carney Mullett after Juniper Maya Mullett was born to them on Aug. 12. Juniper enters the world at 6 pounds, 7 ounces and 19 inches tall.

Virgos believe they’re special And that’s because they are. So, happy birthday, Virgos!

Virgos have no negative traits, despite the fact that some folks accuse them of being worriers, overly critical and harsh. The reason Virgos are thought of as being perfectionists is because they are perfect, in addition to being intelligent, dignified and charming. Many Virgos believe that their birthdays should be celebrated for a week (four days before the big day and two days after the big day). Because Virgos are perfect and deserve to celebrate for a week, we will extend birthday wishes not only to those Virgos we’ve missed, but to Virgos who might still be celebrating after this edition comes out and before the next one comes out. Currently celebrating: Mario Tarin and Richard Hart (Sept. 7); Jane Bachrach, Marian Perregaux, Haley Thompson and Gayla Tippett Auten (Sept. 8); John Colson (Sept 10); Debbie Crawford (Sept. 11); Allyn Harvey, Anita Witt, Gordon Forbes, Dominique Jackson, Frank Smotherman, Chrissie Leonard, Adam Carballeira (Sept. 13); Matt Lang (Sept 14); Bob Stein and Lori Meraz (Sept. 17); Frosty Merriott, Nancy Payne and Tom Shapiro, who celebrates the big 6-O (Sept. 18). Belated Virgo birthdays: Danielle Rozga (Aug. 25); Joanne Howard (Aug. 27); Tyler Treadway (Aug. 29); Lynn Kirchner (Aug. 30); Veronica Smith (Sept. 1); Lori Haroutunian (Sept. 2); Kathy Webb and Kim Kelly (Sept. 3); Don Ensign and Janelle Johnson (Sept. 5); Nancy Taylor, Linda Bishop, Randy Lowenthal, Jesse Payne and Lora Meraz (Sept. 6).


Public Notice The Town of Carbondale will be starting the improvement work at Main Street / Snowmass Drive / County Road 100 in the near future. Our contractor, Excavation Services of Carbondale, will attempt to maintain two-way traffic at all times. There may be periods when there will be one lane of traffic that will be controlled with flaggers. Snowmass Drive will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Sopris Avenue for construction and contractor staging. The detour for Snowmass Drive will be 2nd Street to Sopris Avenue to Snowmass Drive. This project is being funded by a federal grant and must be completed this year. We anticipate it will be completed within two months. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience.

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Promenade om page 1 lawns on the north side of the recreation center and town hall). During his park tour with this reporter, Coia snipped away at flowers that were past their bloom.“The gardens (ornamental beds) are in constant bloom,” Coia explained.“We have a good mix of plants … lupines bloom in mid-season … shastas are in full bloom in the fall.” In his role as Carbondale’s landscape manager, Coia is a one-man squad who maintains and designs the town’s expanding inventory of park and garden spaces. Last summer, he had a helper who concentrated on weeding and caring for Promenade Park but the trustees cut that position this year.As a result, weeds attacked the five ornamental beds this year and choked the gardens for several weeks. But Coia lined up some community service workers who launched a counter-attack on the garden weeds. “That’s the only reason the gardens look as good as they do,” Coia said while picking the occasional weed and cutting off dried up blooms from flowers. The community service workers also turned their weed-wackers on the park’s biggest problem: invasive weeds that are crowding out native vegetation in the stormwater section that borders the park, and also spreads through the orchard. In total, the big problem area probably affects half the park. “This has been a yearly issue with the park,” said mayor Bernot. Besides the weeds (including clover and the yellow-flowered curly cup gum weed) crowding out plants, they also grew to 4-feet high

The park’s northern entrance, just off the Rio Grande Trail, brings pedestrians through a moderate xeriscape garden. Photo by Lynn Burton this summer and prevented the sprinkler system from reaching trees and shrubs. Coia stuck out his arm at shoulder level to show how tall the weeds were at one point. “Some of the trees are stressed right now,” he said. The park’s irrigation system and weed control issues date back to the original construction, Coia said.The first design called for a bubble irrigation system that would individually water each tree, but the town took out that feature to save money, and instead is relying on a pop-up sprinkler system to spray water on plants and trees. The trustees also

voted not to follow the designer’s recommendation to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to control weeds during the park’s early years until plants could grow large enough not to be crowded out. Bernot said she was outvoted on that one.“I think it was 6-1 or 5-2.” At the time of the vote, volunteers indicated they’d weed the park by hand so the town wouldn’t have to use chemicals to control the problem, “But they never stepped up,” Bernot said. Which brings us up to the present. The town trustees discussed Promenade Park and

its recurrent weed problem during a meeting in August. After hearing from staff and environmental board members, the trustees decided to refer to the weed question to the environmental board and parks and recreation board for a recommendation. Public Utility Director Larry Ballenger, who is ultimately responsible for the town’s parks, said there is one possible solution he’d like to look into. Ballenger said one local consultant said the town could mow the weedy areas down to 6 to 8 inches this fall, then spot-apply either PROMENADE page 8

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Brent William Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Attilo 1972-2010 Brent William Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Attilo of Carbondale, Colorado, born on June 6, 1972, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Aug. 23, 2010. He was also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Brent the Clown.â&#x20AC;? He is survived by his mother, Karen; brother, Garth (Hilary); uncle, Guy; and his father, Roger McGehee. He is loved and will be sadly missed as a son, brother and nephew and great friend to many in the Roaring Fork Valley, including his landlady, Kathleen, her daughter, Rosemary, and their cats (Madeline and Spirit who claimed him as their own). Brent was seriously injured in a car accident in 1986. He overcame a head injury and seizure disorder and lived a creative and art-filled life, coping well with multiple handicaps. He was a graduate of the San Francisco School of Clowns and spent his days engaging anyone and everyone who needed a smile. He was a true entertainer. Prior to his accident, Brent had leads

in plays and musicals at the Aspen Community School and Aspen High School, where he was also a member of the vocal group Madd Company. He graduated from Basalt High School and attended Columbia College in California, majoring in vocal jazz. He was a fine potter, loved to paint and was a wild African dancer. He assisted his mother with her Earthbeat Summer Music Camps and was especially gifted in facilitating handicapped and special needs children. He also worked in Yosemite National Park as a junior ranger assistant. He was an environmentalist, campaigned hard for Barack Obama, encouraged people to give up smoking and to wear helmets when biking and skiing, and was always trying to improve the lives of those he encountered in his travels. Brent was a champion of the underdog. He was a rare and beautiful human being and lived a rich and productive life. His memorial service included performances by Jan Garrett and Ellen Stapenhorst, who were his dear friends. Bobby Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comment at the service was that he loved to have Brent in the audience at his gigs. He said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;even if there were only six people in the audience, Brent got up and danced like it was Woodstock and rocked the house.â&#x20AC;? He was very fond of elephants and supported their preservation in India and Africa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kristal Parks-Pachyderm Power, C/O Karen Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Attilo, PO Box 377, Snowmass, CO 81654.

Slow Food and Six89 team for Summer Harvest Social By Trina Ortega Sopris Sun Correspondent It’s a novel concept — to gather, talk and eat great food. Italians do it well; Americans need more of it. Slow Food Roaring Fork/Aspen and Six89 chef/owner Mark Fischer once again will help locals partake in “the pleasures of the table” with the annual Summer Harvest Social on Monday, Sept. 13, at Six89. Marinated vegetable salad with homemade goat feta, chilled sweet corn soup and roasted red pepper-tarragon relish, and North Fork, Colo., goat with foraged wild mushrooms are only a few of the culinary pleasures planned for the social. The dinner and an accompanying silent auction is the largest fundraising event for Slow Food Roaring Fork/Aspen, the local chapter of the nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of traditional and artisan foods and the advocacy of sustainability. In its seventh year, the harvest social has been well-received, selling out every year, according to chapter president Tom Passavant. “It’s the most anticipated social event of the year for our members. People love to gather and talk and eat great food together. It’s a real Slow Food thing to do,” Passavant said. For the harvest social, seven cooks are in the kitchen whipping up delicacies that, even on paper, transport the reader to exotic destinations: Hiramasa tartare … pork belly … Israeli cous cous carbonara.… But are handmade with food from home. Behind the scenes and at the skillet are seven Colorado chefs renowned for their culinary creativity: Sarah Beckwith Helsley of Montagna in The Little Nell in Aspen; Frank Bonanno of Mizuna, Luca d’Italia, Bones, and Osteria Marco in Denver; Ian Kleinman of

The Inventing Room in Denver; Kelly Liken of Kelly Liken in Vail; Bryan Nelson of Pacifica in Aspen; Bryce Orblom of Six89; and Rob Zack of Eight K in Viceroy Snowmass Village. “It’s amazing just to see them all there in one place, and even more amazing to see the level of friendship and cooperation,” Passavant said. “They all check their egos at the door and pitch in and do what needs to be done.” Each chef prepares a course highlighting and inspired by local ingredients, which is another emphasis of Slow Food Roaring Fork/Aspen — to encourage local food production and consumption. “Increasingly, people are wanting to know where their food comes from and once you do that, it’s hard to turn back. People want to know who grew or produced their food and how they did it. Buying local food has become more than a fringe concern,” Passavant said. And members of the local Slow Food chapter put their money where their mouths are. Through its memberships and fundraising events, Slow Food Roaring Fork/Aspen has supported agricultural projects locally, as well as in the North Fork and Grand valleys. From grants and school garden, greenhouse and cafeteria programs to the reintroduction of Carbondale’s Red McClure potato, “we have seen the Slow Food message spread to the point where it is being accepted by the community as a whole,” Passavant states on For more information or to join Slow Food, visit For reservations to the harvest social, call 963-6890. A cash bar and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., and dinner is at 7 p.m. The price is $96.89 for Slow Food Roaring Fork/Aspen members and $126.89 for non-members, including dinner, wine pairings and taxes.

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Anti pasta or marinated vegetable “salad” with home-made goat feta Sarah Beckwith Helsley Restaurant Montagna at The Little Nell

Hiramasa tartare, preserved Palisade peaches, rooftop thai basil and chilies Bryan Nelson Pacifica Chilled sweet corn soup, roasted red peppertarragon relish Kelly Liken Restaurant Kelly Liken Braised north fork goat, foraged wild mushrooms, house-made chevre agnolotti Bryce Orblom Six89 Long family pork belly, Israeli cous cous carbonara, poached egg, grilled spinach Ian Kleinman The Inventing Room

Roasted beet salad, home-made burrata, bresaola, aged sherry vinaigrette Frank Bonanno Mizuna, Luca d’Italia, Bones, Osteria Marco

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Bidding farewell to the original hospital building Tuesday, September 14 • 11:30-1:30

Left: The cornerstone, with enclosed time capsule being set at the 1955 dedication ceremony. Above: The cornerstone removed, September 1, 2010.

Time capsule opening and program at 12:00

In preparation for the building of Valley View’s new Cancer Center, the original hospital structure built in 1955 is being removed this fall. For many people, both employees and community members, the building holds memories and meaning. Children were born, lives were saved, loved ones were lost, and years of work were performed within those walls. A public celebration to honor the 1955 building before its removal is being held, with lunch served. The time capsule, which was sealed into the building’s original cornerstone, will be opened at the event.


In preparation for the event, personal memories of the original hospital are being gathered. Stories and recollections may be emailed to: A memory book is also available in the Heart-to-Heart Gift Shop on the second floor of Valley View Hospital. Stop in and write your story. For further information, call 384-6651.



Community Calendar THUR.-SAT. Sept. 9-11 “BLAZING GUNS” PRESENTED • Camp Chair Productions presents the melodrama “Blazing Guns on the Roaring Fork” at the historic Cardiff School in south Glenwood Springs starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/students and $45/families. Seating is limited. Reservations: 945-6247. The play is presented Sept. 9 to 11.

FRIDAY Sept. 10 SECOND FRIDAY DEBUTS • The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities holds a Second Friday at the Third Street Center featuring the work of more than 20 art teachers of the Roaring Fork Valley. The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance party in the Round Room at 8:30 p.m. Info: 963-1680. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs features Mike Waters playing contemporary covers and originals from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover. MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “The Girl Who Played with Fire” (R) at 8 p.m. Sept. 10-16;“Restrepo”(R) at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 12.

SATURDAY Sept. 11 DIGITAL CAMERA WORKSHOP • Sue Drinker gives a digital camera workshop at the CCAH classroom at the Third Street Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop begins with classroom instruction, followed by field photography at Rock Bottom Ranch, downtown Basalt and Carbondale

To list your event, email information to Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at

and other locations. The cost is $50 for CCAH members and $100 for non-members (which includes a year’s membership to the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities). Info: 945-4321. TRAIL WORK DAY – Volunteers are needed for a trail work day, hosted by Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, to improve the Raspberry Creek Loop Trail in Marble from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Instruction and tools are provided, along with a free dinner for all participants. Info: 927-8241.

ing Fork Valley. Tickets are $20 and $125 at 920-5770 or Proceeds go to the Aspen Hope Center.

SUNDAY Sept. 12 COMMUNITY APPRECIATION NIGHT • The town of Carbondale and the Pour House host a downtown shindig that includes barbecue, a bounce castle, Buttons the Clown and music beginning at 1 p.m. DJ Ginger will spin some tunes early in the day and the Carbondale All Stars with Bobby Mason will play later on.

RAW FOODS EXPLAINED • Kimberly Williams gives free lectures about raw food at Nur-ish each Saturday at 4 p.m. through September. Topics include: Raw Food 101, Detoxification, Water, Cancer and Chronic Disease (the nutritional link) and Cooked Food (how they contribute to disease). Nurish is located in the Crystal Plaza shopping center.

Sept. 16

SECRETS EXPOSED • Ellie Davis, Marisa Post and Mateo Sandate present “Secrets” at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen at 8 p.m. The play is based on actual secrets that local residents deposited around the Roar-

RED BRICK TAKING ART • The Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen is accepting art for its Red Brick Biennial show. Applications are due Sept. 16; art must be delivered on Sept. 30; notification is Oct.

MONDAY Sept. 13 GOLF TOURNAMENT • The Basalt Regional Heritage Society and Basalt Chamber of Commerce host the Roaring Fork Charity Golf Classic at the Roaring Fork Club. Foursomes are $175 per golfer, which includes contests, awards and dinner. Info: 927-4031.

WEDNESDAY Sept. 15 LIVE MUSIC • White House Pizza presents Rick Rock playing everything from the Rolling Stones to Bob Dylan. ENSEMBLE DRUMMING OFFERED • Kip Hubbard offers beginner-level AfroCaribbean “ensemble” drumming classes for kids and adults at True Nature (located in the Third Street Center) starting Sept. 15. Hubbard has worked on this drumming approach since 1995 and it has been incorporated into the teacher programs at the University of Denver and at Seattle Pacific University. He also helped lead the drum circle at this summer’s Carbondale Mountain Fair. Info: 963-9900.

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HANGING LAKE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is rounding up workers for its Hanging Lake trail project Sept. 18-19. Info: (303) 564-6492.

LEAD KING LOOP RETURNS • The sixth annual Lead King Loop returns to Marble. There’ll be a 12.5K, a 25K and kids races, plus lunch, pint glasses, T-shirt, a raffle and marble prizes. This race was voted the most scenic run in Colorado and proceeds benefit the Marble Charter School. Sign up at Independence Run and

NIA OFFERED • Studio Sol offers Nia at 3627 County Road 100 every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 7. Info: Julie at (303) 333-3311.

through Sept. 29. Also in the exhibition are Buzz Dopkin, Shelly Hamill and Elliot Norquist. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Info: 429-2777.

CLASSICAL HARP • Through September, Elise Helmke plays classical harp from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Russets, located at 225 Main St.

BEADLES PRESENTS LANCASTER • A. Beadles Fine Art presents Joey Lancaster in a show titled “Aspen Trees” through Sept. 31. The gallery is located at 225 Main St.

DOYLE SHOW CONTINUES • Dorthy Doyle shows pen and ink drawings of 14 Aspen historical buildings at the Wheeler Opera House second floor lobby through Sept. 22.

GROUP RUN • Independence Run and Hike at 995 Cowen Drive leads group runs, Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. rain or shine. More info: 704-0909.

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LIVE MUSIC • Konnyaku restaurant, on Highway 133, presents Bobby Mason every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Info: 704-0889. MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at The Village Smithy, 26 S. Third St. RED BRICK PRESENTS SCANDRETT • The Red Brick art center in Aspen presents artist Laura Scandrett in Abstraction

FARMERS MARKET • The Carbondale Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 6 at Fourth and Main streets. Fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, bread, prepared food, live music and more. ACOUSTIC CARNAHANS • Singer/ songwriter T Ray Becker hosts an acoustic music night with new musicians every week from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Carnahan’s Tavern (formerly the Black Nugget). Info: 963-4496.

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Sept. 25 NATURALIST WALK • The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a guided walk among the rare orchids, hot springs, bighorn sheep, fireflies and riparian habitat of the Filoha Meadows Open Space in Crystal River Val-

CASTLE TOURS • Guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle run Friday thru Monday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: Tiffany of Redstone, The Crystal Club Café and the Redstone General Store. Adults, $15; seniors, $10. More info: 963-9656 or SUICIDE SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT • A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, 824 Cooper St. Info: 945-1398 or LEGAL SERVICES • Alpine Legal Service offers intake to eligible clients from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs and Tuesdays and Wednesday at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. Info: 945-8858, 920-2828. ROTARY MEETING • The Mt. Sopris Rotary Club holds its weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursdays at the Aspen Glen Club fea-

ley from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Registration: 927-1290 or POTLUCK BONFIRE • Sustainable Settings at 6107 Highway 133 hosts a community potluck and bonfire from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring a dish and an instrument to play for an evening of family fun. Info: 9636107 or

turing a local speaker. Info: 948-0693. VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP • The Roaring Fork Combat Veterans Support Group, to help combat veterans of all conflicts find relief and camaraderie, meets at 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Circle Club, 123 Main St. Info: (303) 613-6191 or REFORMERS UNANIMOUS • Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based program for those who are struggling with addiction, meets at 7 p.m. Friday at Crystal River Baptist Church on Highway 133. Info: 963-3694. EMBROIDERY MEETING • The Embroiderer’s Guild of America meets the second Monday of the month. Beginners welcome. Bring a new or unfinished project. Info: Becca, 945-7434. SENIOR MATTERS CLASSES • Senior Matters offers a variety of classes and clubs weekly at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St. Acting class, book club, storytelling class, singing, tai chi, basket weaving. Free or small donation.

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The Frank Martin Trio headlines a benefit for statehouse candidate Kathleen Curry at the Church at Carbondale on Sept. 15. The Tippets open the night at 6 p.m., followed by the Frank Martin Trio at 7:15 p.m. All donations will be accepted, up to $200. The Church at Carbondale is located at 110 Snowmass Drive. The outdoor/indoor stage will be used, so organizers say to bring a blanket or low chair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it rains, the concert will move inside,â&#x20AC;? said a spokesman. Curry will pull questions and comments from a hat every few songs. Young adults are urged to attend. No alcohol will be served.

Carbondale Rotary presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Life Without Limitsâ&#x20AC;? by nationally acclaimed author and motivational speaker Mark Hoog from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Church at Carbondale. Tickets are available at the door or from any Carbondale Rotarian. For more information visit

YouthEntity slates computer workshop YouthEntity presents its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Build Your Ownâ&#x20AC;? computer workshop on Sept. 18 and Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Carbondale. The cost is $40. At the workshop, participants will be taught by YouthEntity student technicians and will learn to build their own computer from a kit prepared by the group. The fee includes the computer, a flash drive, T-shirt and pizza for lunch. To register or for more information, call Melissa at 963-4055 or e-mail Melissa@

CCAH celebrates local art teachers On Sept. 10, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities celebrates and honors the creative genius of the art teachers of the Roaring Fork Valley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually see the art that our children create in school but rarely do we get to view the art of their teachers,â&#x20AC;? said CCAH Director Ro Mead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that it is inspirational and informative to see and appreciate the art of these dedicated teachers.â&#x20AC;? More than 20 artists will be displaying their art in the new CCAH Center for the Arts gallery at the Third Street Center, located at 520 S. Third St. The opening is 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to the art show, CCAH will be hosting a dance party to thank its volunteers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;without whom many of our events would not be possible,â&#x20AC;? Mead said. The dance party will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. and Mead said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to initiate the new wood floor in the round room. For more information, call 963-1680.

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He that would tell the truth must have a fast horse and one foot in the stirrup.

Georgia Ackerman, a sophomore at Roaring Fork High School, does her bit to let folks know about the soccer teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rewood sale on County Road 100 last Saturday. The money raised went toward buying road-game uniforms. Photo by David Johnson

Business Briefs True Nature grand opening Sept. 10 True Nature holds its grand opening in the Third Street Center from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 10. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be an open drum circle, catered food by Pan and Fork, Music Together for kids plus yoga and complimentary massages. The Third Street Center is located at 520 S. Third St. For more information, call 948-0263. True Nature was previously located on Main Street next to the Carbondale Co-Op.

Music Together registration under way Registration for Music Togetherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fall classes is now under way, with classes beginning Sept. 14. Pre-registration is required. Music Together includes music, singing, creative imagination and instrument play for parents and young children. For details, call Annie Flynn at 963-1482 or go to



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Rams win one and lose two in season’s first action By Lynn Burton The Sopris Sun The Roaring Fork High School volleyball team came away from the weekend with a win, while the football team and boys soccer team stumbled. The volleyballers downed Hotchkiss 3-0 (25-6, 25-13, 25-15); Hotchkiss beat the footballers 55-12, and Basalt defeated the soccer team 5-1. The volleyball team is coming off an 18-1 regular season record last year, and lost only one letterman to graduation. They beat Basalt 3-0 in their season opener on Sept. 2 and face Olathe (2-0) at home on Sept. 11 (6 p.m.). The Class 2A Ram football squad faced the 1A powerhouse Hotchkiss Bulldogs in a non-league game at home on Friday night. Early in the game after the Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead, the Rams responded with a long run right up the middle by speedster Zach Browning to pull to within one at 7-6, but after that it was all Hotchkiss. The Bulldogs built a 28-6 lead late in the first quarter and were never threatened. “They were just bigger, stronger and faster (than we),” said head coach Greg Holley. The Rams are also trying to cope with injuries to three key players that happened during fall practice. “We don’t have a lot of depth,” Holley said. “We’ve got 13 or 14 guys who are pretty good football players but it hurts when you lose three.” Browning’s long run in the first quarter was one of the game’s highlights for the Rams. Holley said quarterback Clay Gross called an audible at the line when he saw the Bulldogs were stacked to the right, sending Browning off

Clay Gross (#3) pursues a Hotchkiss runner in Roaring Fork’s 55-12 loss last Friday night. This week, the Rams take on Battle Mountain at home. Photo by Lynn Burton

tackle to the left. “If we can get him into the open field, he can score,” Holley said. This Friday, Roaring Fork takes on Battle Mountain in another non-league game at home (7 p.m. kickoff). The Battle Mountain Huskies are a Class 3A team but Holley said the Rams have a chance to knock them off. The Huskies beat Summit County, another 3A team, 7-0 last week, “and they don’t have the same kind of personnel as Hotchkiss. If we play well, they are beatable.”

In Basalt Friday afternoon, the Longhorns took a quick lead over the Rams on their way to a 5-1 lead. Forward Saulito Vega put the Rams on the scoreboard with a score in the second half. Coach John Ackerman said the team is finally up to 17 players, with late arrivals returning and players becoming eligible after making their required number of practices. Next up for Ackerman’s squad is Class 4A Moffatt County in a road game at Craig (4 p.m.).

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Autumn revelries abound OH, the changing of seasons. Adios, Corona, here’s to 90 Schilling weather! Move over bikini; give me my sweaters! Get me outside! Fall’s on her way in and the compulsion to carve a pumpkin or something is overwhelming. Who can hike without pinching off a leaf or two of the Rocky Mountain maple, the most brilliant red of our native trees? The bears will be fat with the phenomenal fruit-set of our backcountry this year. Check out the chokecherries and rosehips. Off the hook! Already, leaves spin down from the sky. The dry rasp as they blow across the yard just takes me back: first day of school; football season; festive bonfires! We’ve been basking in this first wave of autumn on the back deck, caught as we are in the breastfeeding thing. It’s a sublime space: comfy wicker furniture piled in pillows, facing the southwest and floating in the aspens. Sun warm on our skin, we lay together, eyes closed, sunlight and shadows dancing all over us like reflected water. It’s hypnotizing, knowing soon the leaves and life energy will be gone, leaving only the stark skeletons of winter. •••

Getting Grounded By Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar The apricots this year — such abundance! I saw a posse of kids skating down Eighth Street two weeks ago. They came upon a tree so heavy in fruit it spilled across the sidewalk onto the street. Most of the gang looked harassed at the “mess” in their way. However, one of them made a connection. He looked up, checking out the source, and stopped. He hopped off his skateboard and reached up to pick a fresh apricot. That was the cool kid.

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We went to an apricot picking party a week later. Children were barefoot, high on tree limbs, scrambling for fruit like it was an Easter egg hunt. Parents carried bulging bags, their canning ambitions growing. There was even a peach tree — and this being Missouri Heights! I picked my first ever Colorado peach and devoured it on the spot, all that mushy juiciness — oral ecstasy. Who could help it? Fighting greed, I did share a bite though. But just one. ••• Our neighbors lost a huge poplar so the tree folks were out last week. The buzz of their chainsaws, drone of the bucket truck and rip roar of the chipper brought me back to my own tree-climbing days. It was my second “favoritest” job ever and autumn the best season to do it. In our saddles, we’d dangle inside an ash or a honey locust, thinning the canopy. As the tree opened up, sunlight penetrated further in, lighting it up through the colorful fall foliage. It felt like being in a candle. Pruning apple and

pear trees was the best: picking and chomping ’til our bellies hurt. ••• A girlfriend does massage and rightly so, her clients adore her. One left a case of organic peaches on her porch this week. Girlfriend spent the day processing and freezing the soft sweet fruit. After my massage (heaven) she sent me home with hot peach cobbler. Can anything taste more delicious than simply fresh? It can; we ate desert for dinner that night. ••• What’s next? Perhaps a day trip to the New Castle pumpkin patch and a carving party. As for now, I’m cutting one of the last bouquets of summer. I’ll put it on the back deck table, feed my child again, and watch all of you biking the new path on your way to Prince Creek. I’ll remember movement, what it felt like to ride up in the crisp dazzling air and bombing back down through the tunnels of scrub oak, the fecund aroma of a senescing forest filling my nose … mmmmm. Autumn!

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Gardeners: Keep an eye out for frost

What to do with those Red McClures

By Jon Ray Gardner

Sopris Sun Staff Report

The growing season is short but sweet here in the Roaring Fork Valley, which only increases our appreciation for a meal of fresh food from the garden. While we are happily finding food everywhere in the garden this month, the growers at Thompson Creek Gardens are keeping one watchful eye on the skies and the other on the weather forecasts for signs of frost. Carrots, kale and leeks are getting sweeter with the cooler nighttime temperatures. We started digging potatoes a few weeks ago and will continue weekly until they are all gone. Tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini have come on strong and the corn is milky and sweet. Most of the broccoli heads are gone, but there are plenty of side cuts for eating and freezing. Chard, beets, basil and cabbage are still coming and we have pulled one batch of onions and all of our garlic. The chill in the air convinced us to

put row cover on our tomatoes, peppers, winter squash and basil. You can also use an old blanket or sheet on a cold night, but be sure to take it off the next morning so your vegetables get some sunlight. Just about everything else can take a few light frosts (28-32 degrees for a few hours). Frost may damage the upper leaves of root vegetables, but the roots will be fine for weeks in the ground until you need them. Taking a break from harvesting, a gust of wind knocks little green apples from the old apple tree onto the ground around us. The weather is changing. Asking for summer vegetables from mountain soil is an act of hope. It has been a good, hot summer. The frost will come, but we have worked too hard not to try our best to extend it for a few more weeks. In that time, we will eat, share and preserve as much of this bounty as we can.

Jon Ray Gardner is a gardener. He owns and manages Thompson Creek Gardens, a one-acre CSA, and Elemental Gardens, a landscaping business dedicated to sustainable practices. He can be contacted at or 319-3128.

So you read about Red McClure potatoes here in The Sopris Sun and decided to grow them this year? Well now it’s harvest time!

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 Reach/dig in gently with a garden fork to harvest “new” potatoes (the smaller, round young delicious ones — leave the rest to grow on);  The dirt falls between the tines and you lift out spuds;  Hard to get in there? Dig up the whole plant system, harvest smaller ones, place plant back in the soil and water well;  Both ways, the plant will live and keep on producing.

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 Harvest on a cloudy, warm day after a few days of no rain (sunlight can turn them green, “turning” the flavor);  Determine where the bulk of the tubers lie in the hills so as to avoid puncturing/ bruising them with your garden fork;  Damaged potatoes won’t cure and store, so eat those for dinner!


 Dry for a few hours outside;  It’s not necessary but you may brush off (not wash) excess soil;  Cure them in a cool (55-60 degrees) dark place with no light for about two weeks as this allows cuts and bruises to dry and heal;  They’ll store for eight months in a dark basement or root cellar (35-40 degrees) with high humidity.


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Art and nature played off each other over the weekend with the Labor Day art show outdoors in Redstone, and local livestock providing photographic inspiration. Photos by Jane Bachrach

Barbara Sophia (left) depicts nature in her paintings which she displayed in the art show along with her jewelry. This paint horse (right), spends her early morning grazing in a pasture off Prince Creek Road.

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Volunteers needed for RFOV project in Marble Sopris Sun Staff Report

out and do the work on this trail to show us that we can have For the first time in its 15-year history, the non-profit a well-attended, successful day,” Hamilton said. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is conducting a Improving the Raspberry Creek Loop Trail has been a priproject “a little off the beaten path” in the Raggeds Wilder- ority of the U.S. Forest Service for at least two years, and ness Area near Marble. Based in Basalt, RFOV conducts vol- RFOV’s Project Selection Committee selected the project to unteer trail building, trail repair and conservation work on be on the 2010 schedule, even though the trail is “a little off public lands from Rifle to Aspen. The organization has en- the beaten track,” he added. gaged more than 12,500 volunteers on The project is one of two RFOV trail 130 projects on public lands in the Roarwork days this summer that have taken ing Fork, Colorado and Crystal river valvolunteers into the region’s wilderness leys since its founding in 1995. areas. In addition to the Sept. 11 RaspThe Marble project will be from 8:30 berry Creek work, RFOV conducted a a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, on the project in early August on the American Raspberry Creek Loop Trail, a lightly Lake Trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowused, nine-mile route over Anthracite Pass mass Wilderness Area near the historic in the Raggeds Wilderness. Ashcroft ghost town. For the one-day Raspberry Creek projThe 2.3-million-acre White River ect, volunteers will build dip/waterbar National Forest is the top recreation forstructures to improve trail drainage, conest in the nation and is known as the struct reroutes on the east leg of the trail birthplace of wilderness. Today, it conand trim back vegetation to open up the tains seven wilderness areas: the trail corridor. The U.S. Forest Service and David Hamilton Raggeds, Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Grana Bread Company are among the RFOV Executive Director Hunter Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, Flat sponsors for the event and leadership, Tops, Ptarmigan Peak, and Eagles Nest. tools and dinner will be provided for The Raggeds Wilderness Area comvolunteers. prises approximately 65,000 acres and is named for its RFOV schedules roughly 15 projects each season and has rugged peaks, such as Ragged Mountain that rises to 12,094 had well-attended trail-building days in Aspen and Glenwood feet in the northern portion. The mountain range spans two Springs this summer, but the volunteer-run organization is national forests – the White River and the Gunnison – and is “testing the waters” a bit with the Raspberry Creek trail home to the headwaters of the North Fork of the Gunnison work day, according to RFOV Executive Director David River, Anthracite Creek and a fork of the Crystal River, acHamilton. cording to U.S. Forest Service staffer Mateo Sandate. About “We’ve never done anything that far up the Crystal. We’re 50 miles of trail are located in Raggeds. really hoping that the residents of Marble and Redstone – as To volunteer, visit, email, or call well as residents in the Roaring Fork River Valley – will come 927-8241.

“…the volunteer-run organization is ‘testing the waters’ a bit with the Raspberry Creek trail work day.”

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will hold a volunteer workday to improve the Raspberry Creek Loop Trail on Sept. 11. The trail is 9.5 miles and leads hikers and equestrians into the Raggeds Wilderness. Photo by Trina Ortega


Gardening project makes a difference The recent visit to our community from two members of The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sisters Beatrice and Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance, Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, and honored guests from Northern Ute, Lakota, Cherokee and Navajo nations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; raised the topic of the serious health challenges faced by native people. At the panel discussion Saturday evening at Carbondale Middle School, following the screening of For the Next Seven Generations, the award-winning film that documents the momentous journey of 13 indigenous grandmothers as they travel into around the globe to promote world peace and share their by Rita Marsh indigenous ways of healing, RN, BSN panel members spoke about the dire straits of their people.Alcoholism, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, suicide, myriad mental health disorders and injury from abuse are major health challenges. The list of diseases is similar to health challenges experienced by all ethnic groups in the United States, but it is my opinion that the incidence is higher for those of native heritage. Less than a century and a half ago (150 years) the native peoples of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico were living as hunter-gatherers. Their food sources were gathered on a seasonal basis, taking advantage of the periodic abundance of food and material resources in different eco-zones.

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Men hunted deer, antelope, buffalo, rabbits and other small mammals and birds. In many regions, fish was a big source of protein â&#x20AC;&#x201D; eaten fresh and also dried for storage and later consumption. Women gathered seed grasses, pine nuts, berries, roots and greens and processed and stored meat and vegetal materials for winter use. Fast forward to the lifestyle of the 20th and 21st centuries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; many native people are sequestered on reservations, lands that are sparse of topsoil to grow gardens. Major food sources, primarily commercial (grocery stores and fast food restaurants) have changed the nutritional resources from a base of staples and natural food resource to high-fat, highsugar and high-carbohydrate content. From a genetic standpoint the change has come so quickly, the adaptation to assimilate is not possible. The results have been catastrophic. However, there are projects on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where Grandmother Rita and Grandmother Beatrice live, that are promoting healthier lifestyles through organic farming projects. The longstanding Slim Butte Agricultural Development Community Gardens project is one locally run effort in place to improve the health of the Lakota people. The effort is largely funded by the non-profit Running Strong for Native American Youth and supported by the founding organization Plenty International, whose mission is to establish sustainable development projects that promote local selfsufficiency in economically disadvantaged or otherwise threatened communities. The Slim Butte Agricultural Program (SBAG) is a community effort to: â&#x20AC;˘ increase local food production; â&#x20AC;˘ improve the nutritional quality of food; â&#x20AC;˘ promote self-reliance among the Oglala Lakota. SBAG provides soil preparation, seedlings, irrigation systems and other gardening assistance to families across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, free of charge. There are few gro-

Grandmother Rita Long Holy Dance (left) and Grandmother Beatrice (right) visited Carbondale as part of the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Courtesy photo cery stores on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The organic produce from more than 200 gardens in eight of the nine districts of the reservation provides nourishment for families who sign up to host a garden and begin growing their own food while developing an active lifestyle from tending the garden. Each year produce from SBAG gardens feed over 3,000 people. With a population of more than 30,000 on the reservation this is a drop in the bucket, but it is a drop and the project will grow with financial and volunteer support increasing the number of gardens each year. In time, the high incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease will be diminished. For more information about Plenty International and the SBAG projects, visit the Web sites and Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journeys into Health column about neurolinguistic programming and hypnotherapy was written by Mary Campbell, board member at the newly launched Asteria School of Whole-Istic Healing, 333 Main St., Carbondale, telephone number 963-4679.


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Support workers rights Dear Editor: American Federation of Labor founder Samuel Gomperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous adage that â&#x20AC;&#x153;No lasting gain has ever come from compulsionâ&#x20AC;? is as relevant as ever on Labor Day. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s union bosses consider compulsion the key element of their agenda. As Obama recess appointee and former top union lawyer Craig Becker once wrote, unionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;actions necessarily involve coercion.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to see this coercion in practice,

and no American worker is out-of-bounds for the union chiefs desperate to line their coffers with forced dues. Faced with declining membership in the private sector, union bosses are increasingly looking to the government sector throughout the country to pad their pockets. In fact, for the first time ever, a majority of government employees nationwide work under monopoly unionism, and the union bosses are trying to increase these ranks through any means necessary. From California to Michigan to Kansas to Illinois, union operatives lobbied the state governments to reclassify care providers as state employees for purposes of extracting union dues, even though many of them are grandparents or babysitters providing care to a sick or disabled

child who receives a state subsidy. In Michigan, Gov. Jennifer Granholm repaid her Big Labor bankrollers by granting union bosses monopoly control over 40,000 child-care providers even though only 15 percent of them â&#x20AC;&#x153;votedâ&#x20AC;? in an unusual and confusing mail-in union certification election. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter who you are, or what you do, Big Laborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high command wants a cut. On Labor Day, we celebrate the hard work and ingenuity of the American people. Let us also fight against the coercion they face because of forced unionism. Mark Mix, president The National Right to Work Foundation Springfield, Virginia

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